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The January intersession begins Jan. 4, 2021. The Spring semester will begin Feb. 1. 2021.
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What to Expect in COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine

If you have been ordered to isolate because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or to quarantine because you’ve been identified as having close contact with someone who has tested positive, you have a few options:

Residential students

  • You can isolate/quarantine at your primary off-campus residence.
  • You can isolate/quarantine on-campus in housing set aside for this purpose.

Commuting or off-campus students

  • You will isolate/quarantine at your off-campus home, or another off-campus location of your choice.

NOTE: If you have symptoms associated with COVID-19 and are scheduled for test at Student Health Services, you should prepare a bag with essential items you need for a two-week stay in temporary housing AND BRING IT WITH YOU TO THE TEST.

In some circumstances, SHS may make a clinical determination that it is highly likely you are positive for the virus even before your test results come back, and direct you into isolation immediately.



If you are isolating or quarantining on campus, you will be assigned to temporary housing in Colonial Square and be met there by Public Safety, so you can get into your new space.

Your temporary housing will have a pillow, bed linens, cleaning supplies, a toiletries kit and a health pack with a thermometer so you can regularly monitor your temperature. The room will not have a microfridge.

You should pack the items you will need for a two-week stay, including things like:

Residence Life staff can provide you with a rolling blue bin to help you carry your belongings to your isolation/quarantine housing. Take everything you’ll need because staff cannot retrieve items you forgot in your permanent room.

You cannot leave your isolation/quarantine space for any reason, except to get your meals, which will be left outside your door. Your ID swipe access to all buildings will be turned off and any attempt to leave isolation/quarantine will result in disciplinary action.


Student Health Services will manage your health during your isolation/quarantine. SHS will check in with you often to monitor your symptoms and, if they worsen, determine if you need additional care. If you are quarantined (meaning you have been exposed but have not tested positive) and you develop symptoms, SHS will arrange for you to be tested and, if necessary, moved from quarantine to isolation.


Your meals will be delivered to you by Campus Dining and left outside your door. The cost of meals will be deducted from your meal plan. You will be given instructions on how to order your meals when you first enter quarantine/isolation.

You cannot order from Uber Eats or any other off-campus food delivery service.


No mail or packages are delivered to isolation/quarantine housing.


Notify your professors that you will need to attend classes remotely. You can share your health status with your professors if you like, but you are not required to do so.


If you are isolating or quarantining off campus, here are some guidelines you should follow to keep yourself and those who are sharing your home safe:

  • Stay home unless you absolutely must leave, such as for essential medical appointments
  • Do not allow any outside visitors to your home
  • Separate yourself from other household members and pets
  • Wear a mask whenever you are in the presence of other people
  • Take extra precaution to stay away from anyone in your home who is considered high-risk, including people who are over 65, pregnant, or who have a health problem such as a chronic condition/disease or weakened immune system.
  • Use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible
  • Make sure any shared rooms or spaces have good airflow – open windows, for example.
  • Don’t share utensils, dishes, cups/glasses, bedding, towels, and other personal items
  • Do not prepare food for others
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your area daily, including phones, remote controls, countertops, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom handles, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables
  • Wash your hands well with soap often, including after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, and before and after eating.
  • Take your temperature twice a day and monitor any other symptoms that are associated with COVID-19.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will most likely get better on your own, but if your condition worsens, call Student Health Services for telephone triage so they can determine if you need additional care.
  • If you are quarantined (meaning you’ve been exposed to the virus but have not tested positive) and you develop a fever or other symptoms, call Student Health Services so they can arrange for you to be tested.


Whether you are isolating/quarantining on- or off-campus, you must be cleared by the Department of Health, Student Health Services and the Dean of Students Office before returning to your room, to class and to campus.

Here’s how it works:

  1. The DOH will provide a document that you must upload to the Medicat App in your Hofstra Portal so Student Health Services can confirm you have been cleared.
  2. SHS will notify the Dean of Students office that you have medical clearance to leave isolation/quarantine.
  3. The Dean of Students will send an email to your Hofstra Pride account that you are allowed to return to campus, your room and to class.